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Liberty Museum Resumes Annual Search For “Hero” Teachers

(One of the previous "Teacher as Hero" honorees, Marcie Steel.  Photo provided)

(One of the previous “Teacher as Hero” honorees, Marcie Steel. Photo provided)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The National Liberty Museum, near Independence Hall, says it is looking for “classroom heroes” — teachers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their profession.

Kevin Orangers, vice president of programs for the museum, says it’s that time of year to nominate an inspirational teacher for the museum’s 2010 “Teacher as Hero” award.

“We are looking for teachers who are basically rare gems in their profession of education,” Orangers told KYW Newsradio on Wednesday.  “They oftentime go unnoticed. These are teacher heroes who do some outstanding things in their classroom.”

Especially, adds Orangers, teachers who go out of their way to settle disputes and do what they can to reduce violence, and those who are role models, not just to their students but to fellow teachers.

Applications will be accepted through December 17th.  For more information, go to

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060.